Breastfeeding for one year is approximately 1,800 hours - almost the same as a full-time paid job with 3 weeks off which is 1,960 hours.
That's why it's so important we support breastfeeding moms however we can.
Here are 4 ways to support a breastfeeding mom.
4 ways to support a breastfeeding mom
- Bring her snacks and drinks when she's feeding: It's almost impossible to move around when baby is feeding, so it's a good idea to bring mom snacks and drinks while she's feeding, to help her keep her strength and supply up.
- Sit with her and keep her company: It can be lonely and long, especially in the early days when both mom and baby are getting used to breastfeeding. Keeping mom company, if she wants that, is good support.
- Take baby in between feeds so mom can sleep: Breastfeeding is a full-time job and mom feeds on demand. That can be exhausting, especially when it means missing out on sleep. So why not offer to look after baby for a few hours in between feeds so that mom can rest.
- Help out with the housework: The daily chores like housework and washing seem impossible when you're feeding on demand and sleep-deprived, but the mess makes you feel anxious and stressed. That's why it's a good idea to offer to help tidy up, do a few washes, or even do some batch-cooking for a a breastfeeding mom. It's practical help like this that can really make a difference.
Breastfeeding is a skill that you and your baby learn together, and it can take time to get used to.
But it may not be a journey you choose, and that's OK!
How you choose to feed your baby is completely YOUR decision.
Every mom will weigh up what's best, and possible, for them and their little one.
And whether that means you'll breastfeed, express, or formula feed, you should feel empowered by the fact you're doing what's right for you.